New HPV Vaccine Can Protect Against 80% of Cervical Cancers, Study Estimates

The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that in addition to protecting against 80% of cervical cancers, the new Gardasil-9 has the potential to protect against nearly 19,000 other cancers diagnosed in the United States.

The new 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, can potentially prevent 80% of cervical cancers in the United States, if given to all 11- or 12-year-old children before they are exposed to the virus.

In addition to protecting against 80% of cervical cancers, the new 9-valent HPV vaccine, which includes 7 cancer causing HPV-types—16,18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58—has the potential to protect against nearly 19,000 other cancers diagnosed in the United States, including anal, oropharyngeal, and penile cancers. This is a 13% increase in protection against HPV-related cancers in comparison to the first vaccines on the market, Gardasil and Cervarix, which protected against HPV types 16 and 18. These findings come from a 7-center study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The CDC initiated the research effort, in conjunction with Cedars-Sinai.

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